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Tip of the Day - A Trick to Beat a Tricky Pusher

By Larry Hodges | Dec. 23, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

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Han Ying (GER) at the 2013 German Open


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A Trick to Beat a Tricky Pusher

Some players have very accurate pushes, and will push very wide to your backhand over and over – until they see you stepping around, or even hedging that way. That’s when they push to your wide forehand, and catch you off guard. So here’s a simple trick: Serve backspin to the pusher’s backhand. Then take a step to your left with your left leg (for right-handers). As the pusher is about to push, step back into position. You’ll be amazed at how many pushes you’ll get right into your forehand, where you are now ready and waiting! The pusher saw your fake "step around," and changed directions – but you were one step ahead of him!

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